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Do nice guys finish first?

Do nice guys finish first? This is the question asked by Organizational psychologist Adam Grant, who identified three types of employees— givers, takers and matchers— then studied which personality type performs better on the job. Takers are the people who approach most interactions wondering “what can you do for me?” while givers ask “what can […]

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The Superhero Leader

Dexter. Danny Ocean. Tony Soprano. Robin Hood. They are likable villains. Why do we like them? They may be funny. Stand up for the underdog. Maybe they are the least bad in a world of bad people. In any case, the key to a likable antihero is that we see their soft side, their care […]

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Million Dollar Moments

The current season of the CBS TV show The Amazing Race features teams of two who met and were partnered on the very first day of their race around the world. Rather than being randomly assigned, one partner chose the other partner in order of their placing in an initial challenge. This dynamic created an […]

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Laughter as a Learning Tool

Last month’s post extoled the benefits of giving a team time to relax and have a little fun together. Still not convinced that fun and games have a place at work?  Maybe you’ll be interested in to know that even an organization like the U.S. Department of State, that engages in very serious business, advocates […]

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How to Get a Free Bonus From Your Event

Did you know that most of our ODA programs are held entirely or primarily outdoors? Not sure why you should know or care about this random fact? Because if you are one of the 80% of event planners who select an outdoor venue you are getting an extra benefit, absolutely free. Yes that’s right, a […]

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Back to School

No, it’s not just you – summer is flying by! Before we know it, school will be back in session and students around the country will be back in the classroom. No matter how far out of school you are, you understand what a tough transition it is to go from carefree summer days, to […]

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Four Ways to Motivate Your Team

Quick – take a mental break from your work and think about one thing you most enjoy doing when you are off the clock. Chances are, you are motivated to participate in that leisure time activity for different reasons than motivate you on the job. There are many types of motivators, or elements that drive […]

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Mixin’ and Mingling

Tis the season for people, presents, parties… and more parties. It seems like there is no end to the work functions, social events and family functions. So much small talk can be challenging –staying engaged and interested in so many different people. In our workplace, sometimes we avoid that awkward small talk, choosing to stay within […]

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